Two weeks ago, North Star athlete Mike Minter Jr. left Nebraska junior day with a clear set of instructions from head coach Bo Pelini – clean up some things off the field, and an offer will be available down the road.
The son of former Husker great Mike Minter, a NFL veteran, Jr. rushed for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns in just nine games last season. His success earned him a spot on the Lincoln Journal Star's Super All-State team, despite just being a junior. But with the talk of him being a standout on offense, it's likely he will play defense at the next level. The junior was known to be a shutdown corner in his first year with North Star, after transferring from North Carolina.
"Michael did a great job for us. He's a young man who has a lot of skill and talent. He made the transition into our program pretty good," said North Star head coach Mark Waller, who saw his team go 5-4 last year. "He's still working on some things off the field – the expectations were clear from Bo that all of us expect him to straighten up. He's got a lot of great qualities, academically he's a good student and has a 3.1 GPA. He's brought a lot of talent to this program and will be a big asset to us in the fall."
So does Waller expect Minter's conversation with Pelini to be a wake up call?
"Well I think so, it should be, I don't know what else it would take," said the head coach. "He's got a lot of good qualities, he grew up in a good home – both of his mom and dad are sound individuals with great character. It's really on Michael. We expect him to make the right decisions, do the right things on and off the field over the next nine months or ten months."
When talking with teammates, Minter is known to be a vocal leader, both on and off the field – despite just one season with the Navigators.
"Michael is a great teammate," said junior wide receiver Noah Housh. "He's a great leader, a vocal leader. If someone is not having a good practice or slacking, he gets on them. It's not just on the field, but also in the locker room."
Waller noticed it as well.
"It's never easy, but Mike was able to do that a little bit because of his name and athleticism," said the North Star head coach. "A lot of players at North Star looked up to him because he was a talented young man. That helped him in the leadership role process. We expect him to even take more of a role next year."
Minter has offers from Kansas, Purdue, Clemson, and South Carolina. A 6-foot-1, 180 pounder, Minter will stay in Lincoln, despite his father taking a job on former Husker Turner Gill's football staff at Liberty.